We knew spiders were beneficial so we let her stay. Over the years, the Argiope spiders have multiplied. We've tried to leave them alone to help control insects on the farm, and we've reaped a wonderful blessing from it. We have seen how well they reduce the mosquito population! Between them and the swallows, we have seen very few mosquitoes this year!
This one is on the front of our deck.
She put her web at eye level for Emily and Hannah.
She does not seem to mind them getting really close or trying to put bugs in her web. Spiders who are irritated will make their web jump! They also use vibrations and abdominal swaying to communicate.
The area just below those slits, where the "u" is located, is called the epigyne which is her female part.
My children find these "SO COOOOL!!!!"
Well, except Hannah. She doesn't like spiders.
Technically this isn't an animal, but I am giving it the animal tag so it will be linked with the other creatures on the blog.
Update 9/18/2013: She made two more eggs sacs. She has either died, been eaten, or left for shelter because she is gone.
Colossians 1:16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.